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the dougie. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> michelle obama a far cry from sara polk who was the first lady in 1940s. >>> that's "world news" for this saturday. we're always online at for david muir and all of us at abc, thank you for watching. good night.
. >>> president obama returns to washington tonight following a presidents' day weekend golf vacation in florida. yesterday's foursome was a memorable one, since one of the four was tiger woods. that's a first for both men. the presidential golf outing is a long-time tradition. so is the desire to stay out of camera range, most of the time. though this might be a little different. nbc's andrea mitchell is with us tonight from washington with more. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the president's downtime is very special time. the white house also has made a commitment to have a small group of reporters following him everywhere he goes. all that blew up this weekend in florida when white house reporters were locked out of an exclusive golf club and only found out that the world's most powerful man was playing a round with the world's most famous golfer on twitter from the golf channel. when fdr died in warm springs, georgia in 1945, white house reporters were in washington. when president eisenhower had his first heart attack after playing 27 holes of golf outside denver in
, washington. >> michelle obama is a far cry from sarah polk who was the first lady in 1940s. in 1840s banned all dancing at the white house. >>> that's "world news" for this saturday. thank you for watching and good night.
if washington can't avert the sequester? >>> president obama is tailoring his sales pitch today by talking to al sharpton and other minority radio hosts and yesterday by appearing on tv stations in states that will be hard hit by defense cuts. >> instead of us cutting education, instead of us kegt mental health programs, instead of us affecting military readiness and a whole range of other things that are really important to our security and our prosperity, we should be focused on programs we know don't work, waste in government, and some of these tax loophole that is we can close that frankly only benefit the well off and the well connected. >> in connecticut today vice president biden and parents of a 7-year-old sandy hook victim are tackling gun violence together. >> plus, a first fashion line. could a fragrance be next? jimmy kimmel sees opportunity knocking for the strug lingpost office. >> introducing a new fragrance by the u.s. postal service. manila. >> manila. >> smell like an envelope. go places. manila. manila. express mail your senses. hmm, paper. adhesive. manila by the u.s. postal
. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama and congressional republicans remain worlds apart on a realistic solution to prevent billions of dollars in automatic cuts. the sequester from kicking in march 1st. right now the politics are trumping any movement towards compromise. joining me now for our daily fix chris calizza, msnbc contributor and managing of post, and washington post reporters laurie montgomery and nia malika henderson. chris, first to you. set the stage for us. there's no solution in sight. is the white house expecting it has the high road in terms of politics of it and that republicans will be on the defensive because i don't see any way they're bridging the gap. there is no outward ed that began is being bridged. i think the government sees the only way it could be bridged by agreeing with some tax increases, and they say, you know what, all these cuts, sure it's a meat clever approach, not a scalpel, but at least they're cuts, and it's not about tax increases. we kind of -- they believe that to maintain the core of who the republic
day. andrea mitchell live in washington where president obama is surrounded by uniform police and is now issuing dire warnings about the consequences if automatic budget cuts, the sequester, will create job losses and a setback to the recovery if that goes into effect next week. in response senate republican leader mitch mcconnell still prefers campaign events to -- joining me now for our daily fix, chris calizza and managing editor of post well, chris, we saw the performance at the white house. this was a set piece, if you will. the instant response from mitch mcconnell. the bottom line is neither side is negotiating. the white house now assumes the sequester is going to go into effect. is this going to be worked out by continuing resolutions by the end of march? a little bit of short-term pain, long-term gain? >> yep. you know, andrea, i think performance on both sides is the right word. look, i think the policy debate over whether a deal with get done between now and march 1st to avert the sequester is over. congress is away for the president's day week. when
. thanks. to washington, where 3rez obama's choice for defense secretary remains in limbo. chuck hagel's nomination so hold for a week while congress is in recess. what's all the drama involving this vote? david gregory is moderator of "meet the press". good morning. >> good morning. >> a republican standing against his nomination here. i think we're used to republicans standing up against the president. why in this case which it seems to be a foregone conclusion that he will eventually get through? >> a lot of republicans don't like him. don't take my word for it. that's what john mccain said on thursday, saying there's a lot of ill-will over republicans over hagel's criticism of president bush and iraq and the surge and all the rest. and as a result they're jamming them up. i don't think it ultimately keeps him from being defense secretary. but it does weaken him, as well as his own performance at his confirmation hearing, which left a lot of people disappointed as well. >> and there is some discussion that this delay might allow his opponents to have more ammunition against him. any
battle is expected next week, 15 g.o.p. senators have urged president obama in a letter to withdraw hagel's nomination saying he lacked bipartisan support and the confidence to do the job. >> president obama is welcoming japan's new prime minister to the white house today, arriving in washington, yesterday, and he is the 5th prime minister of japan since president obama took office. they will meet in the oval office. there is a japan and china territorial dispute and north korean nuclear test. he is a keen advocate of stronger relations with washington, dc, that remain key to u.s. policy in asia. >> ahead, flu vaccines, who gets the best and the least protection from the flu shot. >> after 6:00, the commuter warning bart is send dog any passengers planning a late night trip in or out of san francisco. >> the friday before the oscars and what would they be without the rivers? and we will show you how to and we will show you how to throw a [ male announcer ] citibank's app for ipad makes it easy for anne to manage her finances when she's on the go. even when she's not going anywhere. citiba
unharmed. >>> his vacation now over, president obama diving right back into the world of washington politics. in the next hour, the president is scheduled to speak about those automatic spending cuts, set to take place next friday unless congress tankes some sor of action. christine romans joins me to break down how we could potentially feel these cuts if something isn't done. good morning. >> good morning, carol. the first question is what is the sequester, this wonky, horrible budget washington word you keep hearing. it's a fancy word for budget cuts, forced budget cuts. you could also think of the sequester as the "or else." last year it was decided we had to get our budget deficit under control, democrats and republicans together, or else, or else we would have these draconian spending cuts start the beginning part of this year. they didn't get their budget act together and this is the or else, the big budget cuts that are automatically going to happen. it's really frustrating, carol, because this was never -- these were never supposed to happen. this was supposed to be somethin
launched by karl rove launching a new video called obama's mess. >> you're in washington and sequestration are a bad idea. are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their jobs. teachers laid off. senior, airport security. scrambling to find child care, and vaccinations and cancer screenings, a bad idea, a booed idea. >> the sequester was the administration's idea. >> they were president obama's idea. >> the so-called sequester was the president's idea and signed it into law. >> the white house recommended it and back in august. >> and it seems like every three months around here, there's some manufacturing crisis. >> from our new york city mayor rudy guiliani joins us, good evening, mayor. >> good evening, greta. how are you. >> i'm well. i assume this video was put out to poke a little fun at the president and bob woodward by the way, put online that the president and jack lew had it wrong that it was the president and administration's idea to come up with sequestration, what difference does it make? >> the president has created this doomsday scenario in order to, you know,
senator. chief congressial senator mike emanuel reports. >> as washington fights over scheduled spending cuts the obama administration launched a 100-city connecting community tour. beaverton, oregon, was the first stop on february 14. representatives of the white house, department of labor, epa, transportation, and hud were sent to promote federal aid in spending. oklahoma senator tom coburn is urging the administration to cap sell the tour when much is made about the impact of sequestration. in this letter sent thursday to the white house office of management and budget, he wrote it is somewhat surprising therefore for the white house to be headlining a 100 city government spending tour. >> we asked for how many people are going on the tour, what is it going to cost, what are the cities and why are we doing this? this is not for political means to exer bait the effects of the sequester. >> and coburn points out that beaverton have been adept at obtaining federal funds, receiving $2 million in grant and assistance since 2011. at the white house, the press secretary didn't have many deta
days, what washington is calling the sequester. and keep in mind that plan actually originated in the obama white house but was approved by the house and the senate. in front of a sea of first responders in washington, the president today lashed out at republicans in congress saying if legislators don't come to an agreement, emergency services will take a hit. that was just one of a number of possible consequences the president listed off if the cuts are allowed to begin march 1st. he talked about fewer police and firefighters, longer airport security lines, lost jobs, criminals going free, teachers being laid off. democrats in the senate have proposed replacing the forced spending cuts with reduced defense spending and end to agriculture subsidies and more tax revenue for millionaires, but house republicans have rejected any increased taxes as a solution. here's what the president had to say today about that. >> so far at least the idea is that the republicans have proposed asks nothing of the wealthiest americans or biggest corporations, so the burden is all on first responde
and dan ashley is the only pay area journalist to interview president obama today at the white house and reports leave from washington, dc, airing tonight on abc7 news. >> the bail hearing for blade rounder, objection objection, has been post phoned until tomorrow when we can lend if he stays behind bars while awaiting trial on a charge of premeditated murder. police say oscar pistorius should not get bail. the defense maintains the shooting was an accident and oscar pistorius thought his girlfriend was an intruder. oscar pistorius said he was outside on the ball contain -- balcony and heard noises and thought there was a burglar and fired. the position says he killed reeva steenkamp from inside the bathroom. witnesses heard talking and nonstop fighting for appear hour before the shooting. authorities using dogs to search in the rubble of a massive explosion and fire in kansas city. several people are still missing this morning after the dinner time blast in a popular entertainment district. the explosion flattened a crowded restaurant and 14 people were hurt and several critically.
. mara. >> chapman bell live in pretoria, thanks so much for that. >>> well, the add obama administration is set to unveil a new strategy to strike back against cyberespionage. nbc's danielle leigh is live in washington with the details. danielle, good morning. what are we expecting to hear from the white house this morning? >> reporter: mara, good morning, the white house is pretty tight lipped about the specifics but what we do know they're releasing a more detailed report today to detail the aggressive step this can take to combat his cyberhacking. this is something we've been hearing from the white house and defense secretary leon panetta that they're concerned about. and reports that the chinese military is behind hacking efforts. targeting the infrastructure, a concerning revelation. >> and turning now to the budget battle there in washington, we're just days away from those looming across the board spending cuts, what's the latest on the administration to avoid the sequestration? >> reporter: well, experts believe that we will actually hit the sequester. that the cuts will take eff
." exploring the lives of the women who served as first lady from martha washington to michelle obama in a first of its kind profit for television. season one begins at 9:00 eastern and pacific. watch the program earlier in the day live at 2:00 eastern on c- span. host: here in washington we have david winston adn from new york city steve mcmahan. thank you to both of the. as we look at the state of the union, what do you think about the tone? what about the term of the president's delivery ended the way he was saying his message? guest: i think he did what many presidents do in the state of the union address, he laid out an agenda for the future. those things tend to be kind of a list. then he built to a crescendo at the end on having a vote on the gun-control measures that he has introduced. i thought it was a terrific state of the union address that did lay out the agenda. republicans know what it is he would like to accomplish. american people know what is at stake. now we will see if congress is willing to act. guest: you had the inaugural and the state of the union. he laid out
peak hours because we have fewer controllers on staff. >> reporter: meantime in washington, president obama plans to speak with congress this weekend to avert another crisis. but both sides are ramping up the blame game. listen to what the president said about the looming sequester during a press conference yesterday. >> i never think that anything's inevitable. we always have the opportunity to make the right decisions. my hope is is that we can see a different course taken by congress. this should be a no-brainer. >> reporter: solutions the president is confident will work. but unless he can cut a deal with congress, alex, we could see drastic changes kick in this time next week. >> all right, michelle frandsze thank you for that. >> joining me now with reaction republican congresswoman marcia blackburn. representative blackburn, nice to have you back to the show. >> good to be with you, laenale >> the president says this is a no-brainer and says the congress can stop the sequester at any time. how do you respond to that? >> well, i find it all very interesting. because we didn't ha
to hear it and embrace the leadership. >> the "washington post" ruth marcus calls this obama's marriage equality test in a new op-ed she penned saying a president who speaks so eloquently cannot allow his administration to remain silent before the court where words are translated into reality. so should minority rights be put up to statewide vote for majorities to vote on marriage equality? the president basically said in the interview with robin roberts, that's the way he supports this, that states can figure this out. >> what the president said correctly is that the states are wrestling with this and we're seeing progress in the states, whether it be new york or iowa or four states last november. at the same time, we all have a constitution that guarantees us all protections and responsibilities and rights under the law. if every time somebody wanted their freedom to be respected, freedom of speech, freedom to marry, they had to but it up to a vote, it wouldn't be a right, it would be a vote. that's not the way america is supposed to work. >> republicans have realized to win elections
games are what washington is all b. president obama has proved himself very good to play this game. he has a strong hand right now. in the current situation with the $16 trillion in debt both republicans and democrat vs. plenty of blame. but it's kind of unusual in this particular case to have president obama complaining about the sequester, since bob woodward's book clearly pins the impetus for the sequester on the white house. the white house came up with this back before the election, because president obama really didn't want to have another big fight about the debt ceiling and everything and he wanted to give some sort of cuts to republicans in order to get past the election. and then he succeeded and here we are now where these cuts are about to take effect. we've kicked the can down the road a couple of times now, and now that he's securely reelected he really doesn't want to have these cuts go into effect. and he's desperate to find some other way of lessening the concerns of republicans who are very concerned about the exploding costs of the government. jon: if both sides agre
reception on capitol hill. danielle notingham has more. >> republicans are accusing president obama of meddling meddling in bipartisan immigration reform plans, after a draft of the white house immigration reform proposal leaked over the weekend. >> leaks don't happen in washington by accident. this raises the question what ta that many of us continue to wonder about. does the president really want a result? >> reporter: the white house is downplaying the leak, saying the draft is only a backup if lawmakers don't come up with an immigration reform proposal. >> we will be prepared with our own plan, if these ongoing talks between republicans and democrats up on capitol hill break down. >> reporter: in the senate, four republicans and four democrats are working on hammering out their own deal. they're hopeful they will have a bill ready by march. >> reporter: president obama has made immigration reform one of the top priorities of his second term. >> the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform. now is the time to do it. >> reporter: t
: and there is still finger-pointing over whose idea this was in the first place. in a "washington post" op-ed, bob woodward claims it came directly from the white house, writing, "obama personally approved the plan." white house offials have argued that the majority of house republicans voted to approve the sequester. as for furloughs, government officials say the majority of them won't take effect for about a month. >> for more on how all this is playing out we're joined by cnbc's chief washington correspondent john harwood. if we get to friday, they don't make a deal, do is they cuts all play out at once or does it transpire over a series of weeks or months? >> they'll play out for a while, maybe not for a long while. even though body parties seem willing to let the sequester go into effect there's a lot not to like for both sides. if we see the effects like longer air travel delays you're going to see increasing pressure from their constituents to negotiate some sort of alternative. >> for the last couple of years we've heard about the so-called grand bargain. is that just a dream or is it some
. >>> to washington now where there are just seven days to go before wide-reaching budget cuts take effect. president obama has reached out to top republican leaders to try to kickstart some talks. the phone call marked the first time they've talked on the issue since the fiscal cliff deal next year. the president says it never should have gotten to this point. >> there's no other profession, no other industry where people wait until the 11th hour to solve these big problems. >> but neither side is reporting any progress. instead, aides simply exchanged some taunts via twitter. not a lot of reason for hope here that they're going to get this done. but there's still a few days. >> like the president said, there's nowhere else in the world where you think about it, if it's going to affect that many people and so much money is on the line that we wait for this long for anything to happen. in fact, today our abc's jonathan karl spoke to secretary leon panetta about these cuts. he said if they go into effect, it would turn the united states into a second rate power. >> strong words there. president obama
of these possible cuts. lisa rein is following this for the "washington post" and she joins me now. lisa, in recent days senior members of the obama administration have laid out an exacting detail all the terrible consequences that the sequester goes through while republicans, in many cases, have said it might not be that bad. from your reporting, can you tell who's working closer to the truth? >> well, it is hard to tell you about this is really in part a political game because it really does look like these 85 billion dollars in spending cuts will begin to take effect next fridayment it does not look as if congress, either side in congress has a real interest in resolving this issue. and the obama administration has over the past, i'm going to say, about two weeks has stepped up the pressure on republicans to say to the public, okay, dire consequences will result if these cuts take effect. that's in part because the agencies have to make the cuts across-the-board and they can't really make them without furloughs. now air traffic is just one area of the government that would-- that the white house
for what's going on right now. president obama is to blame for demagoguing washington monumenting, the small 1% cuts are going to be on the most important things and republicans to blame for acting like military cuts are the huge job creator. the truth is both are hugely to blame for not handling big issues, big problems addressing this as one big deficit reduction package. not this small little force cut project. >> we've all played the blame game ourselves. i didn't want to be accused of being a hypocrite. that standoff continues on spending cuts. there are signs are common ground on marriage equality on display in this new ad from the respect for marriage coalition. >> none of wus want to be told we can't marry the person we love. growing majority of americans believe it's time to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples. >> when couples are committed they ought to have the same rights everyone else has. >> allowing them to live together with the protection of the law it seems to me is the way we should move in this country. >> freedom means freedom for everyone. >> it featur
arlington february 5th. and finally, president obama facing criticism, presidential privacy on the links is far from unprecedented. here is andrea mitchell with that story. >> reporter: when fdr died in georgia in 1945, the white house reporters were in washington. when president eisenhower had his first heart attack after playing 27 holes of golf outside denver in 1955, the press corp was first told it was a stomach ache. ronald reagan rode his horse without any press coverage. and president clinton had a late night fall in florida. the traveling press corp, miles away. most americans understand that the job is 24/7, others say be prepared to see a different president obama in the second term, willing to do things like playing golf with a controversial figure like tiger woods. >> it is true that if he played golf with tiger woods during the campaign it may have been interpreted differently. and anything was fair game, a source of controversy in a campaign. of course he feels more liberated to do something like that. >> reporter: the white house press corp only found out from twitter and
into here in washington, president obama is doing an end around the national press today. he's taking questions from local tv stations, blaming congress for doing nothing to avoid these forced spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just nine days. so what kind of cuts is the president willing to take? jim acosta confronted the white house press secretary today with that question. jim is joining us now. how did it go? >> reporter: wolf, here we go again. the white house and congress move one day closer to the massive forced spending cuts that go into effect at the end of next week. and even though they both agree it's a problem, they are both busy blaming each other to fix it. the white house sounding the alarm. poor children will be tossed out of classrooms, health services will be slashed, border security will be compromised and the economy will take a hit if forced budgets cuts begin to happen on march 1st and the obama administration says republicans will be to blame. >> the pleas that the republicans are making are throw these people out of work. it's just -- it makes no sense.
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